Table 4– Clinical outcomes on day 180 of follow-up
Non-purulentPurulentp-value
Subjects3439
New exacerbations12 (36)23 (60)0.04
Exacerbation rate0.5±0.750.6±0.580.04
Hospital admissions11 (33)11 (29)0.69
Hospitalisation rate0.39±0.60.29±0.460.69
Patients requiring treatment with antibiotics11 (32)8 (46)0.09
Overall antibiotic therapy courses13230.72
Overall antibiotic therapy days771260.06
Patients requiring treatment with corticosteroids11 (32)21 (54)0.47
CRP0.60 (0.20–0.90)0.60 (0.40–1.60)1.0
PTC0.06 (0.02–0.17)0.05 (0.03–0.14)0.27
Death by any cause3 (9)4 (10)0.84
  • Data are presented as n, n (%), mean±sd, or median (interquartile range), unless otherwise stated. CRP: C-reactive protein; PTC: procalcitonin. p-values in bold are statistically significant.